As we face into the first International break of the season we’re discussing International camps with recently retired International goalkeeper Niamh Reid Burke and long range screamers with Cork City captain Becky Cassin.
Once again Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley chat through the domestic action of the past weekend as they look back at each of the games played over an idle weekend for Peamount United.
They’re joined by her Peamount United teammate Niamh Reid Burke who chats about her own international career which came to a close two weeks ago. She talks about the experience of her second start for Ireland playing world champions USA in California lining up against the likes of Megan Raphinoe, Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach, Julie Johnston & Hope Solo.
She discusses her experience of struggling to break into the international starting side with a net minder of Emma Byrne’s quality ahead of her in the pecking order.
She outlines her reasons for turning down numerous opportunities to move abroad to further her football career and the harsh reality of the finances within the women’s game outside of a small number of top clubs.
Cork City Captain Becky Cassin also popped in to discuss her own viral strike from the opening weekend of the league. She chats about her late equaliser in Galway ten days ago and the immediate impact of streaming games and the attention that can be brought upon a player before they even hear the final whistle at their game.
Becky and Stephanie swap stories of their mutual time in the Girls Football Academy in Kilcoole where Becky outlines her memories of looking up to Stephanie and Aine O’Gorman as an impressional youngster starting out.
She chat’s about her time in Carlow IT, her time in the pink of Wexford Youths and being exposed to Turners Cross as part of her college placement at Cork City. Her familiarity with the club made it a really easy decision to accept the call from Rónán Collins when it arrived.
Finally Stephanie chats with Breifne about her own disappointment of missing out on the finalised International squad after being named in the provisional squad.